The weekend kicks off early in the WPL as Newtown host Bala Town at Latham Park on Thursday night with the game to be streamed live on Sgorio’s Facebook page.
Newtown v Bala Town | Thursday – 19:45
Bala are on a terrible run of five WPL games without a win (lost 4, drawn 1, scored 1) – their worst run in the WPL since December 2012.
Adding their cup loss to Newtown to that run (0-1), Bala have gone six games without a win in all competitions, scoring only once in 540 minutes of football.
It was the cup defeat to Newtown that triggered the poor run, and Bala will look to end the run against the same opponents.
The Lakesiders have lost all three of their away games this season and have failed to score a single goal away from home (vs TNS, CQ and Cefn).
A lack of goals has certainly been an issue for Bala – only Aberystwyth (4) have scored less than Bala (6) this season.
Like Bala Town, scoring has not come easy for Newtown recently who have failed to score in four of their last five league games.
The Robins haven’t scored in their last three league games against Bala Town.
Having said that, the defence have been solid, keeping five clean sheets in their last seven games in all competitions.
Newtown have only conceded once in their last five games all competitions, and that was a debatable goal against Connah’s Quay, live on Sgorio.
Bala Town 0-1 Newtown (29/08/17) League Cup
Bala Town 3-0 Newtown (11/08/17)
Bangor City v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Bangor start the weekend at the top of the table having won six out of their opening eight league games.
But they did lose when they met the students earlier this season, and Kevin Nicholson’s side will look to get their own back on Saturday.
Following their 5-2 win over TNS on the opening weekend, all four of Bangor’s home games in the WPL since then have finished 1-0 or 0-1, as well as their last away game at Bala Town.
Cardiff Met have had an impressive start to the season and will be full of confidence having won their last three matches in all competitions.
No team has conceded less than Cardiff Met this season (5 goals – joint best with Connah’s Quay and Barry Town.)
Cardiff Met 3-1 Bangor City (19/08/17)
Carmarthen v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen have dropped to the bottom of the table after losing seven of their eight league games this season.
The Old Gold have had their worst start to the season since 2011/12 when they also won once and lost seven of their opening eight fixtures – they finished 10th that season and avoided the drop.
Carmarthen and Bangor are the only two sides not to have drawn a game in the WPL this season.
Connah’s Quay picked up a good point at home to TNS on Tuesday night (2-2) to keep thing tight at the top.
No team has conceded less than Connah’s Quay this season (5 goals – joint best with Cardiff Met and Barry Town… and no side has conceded more than Carmarthen (22).
Connah’s Quay 3-1 Carmarthen (19/08/17)
Llandudno v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
Aberystwyth have climbed up from the bottom of the table, despite being the only WPL side not to have won a game this season.
Neville Powell’s side have the worst attacking record in the league having only scored four times in eight games so far.
After a strong start to the season, Llandudno have now gone on a disappointing run of three consecutive league defeats for the first time since September 2015.
But Alan Morgan’s men remain in the Top Six and a win would keep them in the mix with the top four sides.
Aberystwyth 0-2 Llandudno (18/08/17)
Barry Town v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
There’s almost four years since the last meeting between these two sides, which was a third round Welsh Cup tie back in 2013.
The Druids start the weekend in the Top Six and are on a run of four games without defeat in the WPL (won 2, drawn 2).
No team has conceded less than Barry Town this season (5 goals – joint best with Connah’s Quay and Cardiff Met.)
Barry have not conceded more than once in any of their league games this season.
Cefn Druids 5-2 Barry Town (07/12/13) Welsh Cup 3rd Round 2013/14
The New Saints v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
The New Saints have won all three home games in the WPL this season without conceding a single goal.
But they did concede twice at Connah’s Quay on Tuesday night (2-2) to end their run of six consecutive clean sheets in the WPL.
Neil Gibson’s Seasiders secured a dramatic win against Carmarthen last weekend thanks to a late winner from Jack Kenny (3-2).
Prestatyn have lost all 10 of their league meetings with The New Saints at Park Hall.
Greg Draper could be the one-to-watch as the TNS striker has netted twice in each of his side’s last three matches.
Prestatyn 1-3 The New Saints (10/01/15)
Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.